The main Emetophobia Symptoms are very similar, although every sufferer may also have a range of very specific symptoms that are unique to themselves.
The symptoms tend to fall into three specfic areas;
(1) Fearful thoughts and ideas about being sick,
(2) Safety Behaviours and Avoidance Tactics, and
(3) Social Anxiety about seeing or being sick in public.
When we first meet and discuss our clients Emetophobia symptoms we will use the Emetophobia Severity Scale (ESS) test to measure the degree of symptoms strength in each category.
Common Emetophobia Symptoms
The most common Emetophobia symptoms seem to be:
- Avoiding alcohol
- Keeping away from anybody who might be ill
- Avoid taking any form of medication that has the side effect of ‘sickness’
- Carrying ‘stomach settlers’ such as mints or other ‘potions’
- Avoiding pregnancy at all costs due to ‘morning sickness’
- Obsessing about cleanliness around the home
- Frequent hand-washing sometimes with very strong detergents
- Cutting food open to make sure it is cooked properly
- Not eating food near the ‘use-by’ or ‘sell-by’ dates
- Very high levels of Anxiety in general
- Preferring NOT to eat out in restaurants
- Avoiding pubs or going to parties where people could be sick
Other Emetophobia Symptoms
Here at TranceForm Psychology we have helped around 150 Emetophobia sufferers since 2009, and have catalogued a wide range of ideas and concepts that are associated with this phobia, for example;
- Experiencing anxiety at the sound of somebody being sick
- Worrying about catching a ‘sickness bug’ from a ‘pool’ of sick (for example on the ground)
- Becoming anxious towards winter because of Norovirus
- Staying near home in case they feel sick and need to get back quickly
- Anxiety about rumbling stomach sounds or other bodily signals
- Wearing gloves to avoid touching door handles or hand-rails
Common Features of Emetophobia Symptoms
Although these common features are by no means always true, there do seem to be some common ‘threads’ to Emetophobia Symptoms and Behaviours exhibited by a high proportion of sufferers.
For example, one of the KEY features of Emetophobic thinking is that the ideas and cognitions about vomit can be classified as ‘catastrophic’ in nature, ie. out of proportion to ‘reality’.
Over the years we have found that in almost all cases, emetophobia sufferers have, or have had, at least one ‘catastrophic’ parent or primary care-giver during their earlier developmental years and as such, have developed a similar ‘catastrophic’ style as a type of ‘learned behaviour’.
We also find that Social Anxiety, or how much we fear being judged by people, seems to play a significant role in providing foundations for emetophobia symptoms. For example, sufferers may worry that people might think they are ‘disgusting’ if they were to be sick in public.
In the final analysis, however, even if you do not have these particular symptoms, Emetophobia does respond extremely well to cognitive behavioural therapy, so if you’d like to find out more about how it could help YOU, then please do get in touch.
Psychological Therapy for Emetophobia Symptoms
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychological therapy solutions for emetophobia symptoms which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Emetophobia Symptoms
If you’re committed to overcoming your emetophobia problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychotherapy course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an empirically supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Self-Help CBT Course for only £149!
Our online self-help CBT course has been designed to teach you the fundamental tools and techniques of clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy without having to see a therapist.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, this course will provide you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your mental health problems from the comfort of your own home.
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Free Initial Consultations to Discuss Your Emetophobia Symptoms
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your emetophobia symptoms prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course
Our 10 session course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different psychological problems.
Using an online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.